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Getting a new bike? Looking for gifts for someone who got a new bike? We got you covered.

We have scoured the web and curated the biking essentials and items that improve your biking experience. These are things we personally swear by. 

Protect your head with a great HELMET

Protect your head with a great helmet. A helmet can save your life, even in the smallest crashes. It is recommended that a helmet should be replaced after any impact or within 5 years. 

Great for Mountain Biking: Smith Forefront 2 ($240)

  • Rotational motion can cause brain injuries; with MIPS, a low-friction layer slides 10 to 15mm in all directions, reducing rotational motion to the brain during impact
  • Lightweight Aerocore in-mold construction with ventilated protection features patented Koroyd® material and integrated skeletal structure
  • For added protection, Koroyd has been extended into the back of the helmet to now fully encompass the helmet
  • Internal air channels are combined with 20 optimized vents; open intake and exhaust ports maximize ventilation
  • AirEvac channels promote airflow to prevent fogging of your eyewear
  • 3-position visor rotates high to allow goggles or sunglasses storage
  • X-STATIC® lining with reactive cooling helps prevent your head from overheating; ultralight single-layer webbing
  • VaporFit adjustable fit system
  • Integrated camera and light mounts

Great for Road Cycling: Specialized S-Works Prevail II ($250)

  • Ultralight and supremely comfortable version of MIPS, MIPS SL.
  • The new 5th Dimension Cooling System, with its redesigned, patented, aramid-reinforced skeleton, provides internal EPS support allowing for 20% larger vents with deep internal channels and aligned exhaust ports.
  • Patented Energy Optimized Multi-Density EPS construction helps to manage impact energy.
  • Ultralight Mindset HairPort II micro-dial fit system with height adjustability for the perfect fit.
  • Thin, soft, and lightweight 4X DryLite webbing won’t stretch out with sweat or water.
  • Tri-Fix web splitter improves comfort and ease of strap adjustments, while an in-strap webbing system delivers ultralight construction and security.
  • Five Star Virginia Tech® Helmet Rating ™—Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University awarded the helmet its highest rating of five stars.
  • This helmet is ANGi ready, with a fit system mount designed for easy integration with our ANGi crash sensor

Great for the Casual Rider

Specialized Align II ($55)

  • Align II earned the highest 5-Star Virginia Tech® Helmet Rating™ from internationally renowned Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
  • The MIPS system is a low-friction layer that allows a sliding motion of 10 to 15mm in all directions. Studies indicate that this reduces some of the rotational forces transmitted to the brain during angled impacts.
  • Easily-adjustable, one-size Headset SX fit system is designed for easy and accurate fit for a wide range of head sizes. Add in a micro-adjustable dial for on-the-fly adjustability and you're ensured an easy, secure, and accurate fit.
  • 4th Dimension Cooling System optimizes ventilation.
  • In-molded shell improves strength and reduces weight.
  • Reflective decals for increased visibility in low-light conditions.

This helmet comes in many fun colors, on top of all of the impressive safety specs!

Ensure a comfortable ride with PADDED CYCLING SHORTS

When it comes to choosing the perfect cycling shorts, comfort is everything. Whether you're going fast or just cruising', it's important to know that you'll be comfy. Padded cycling shorts aren’t just for hard-core roadies—any cyclist can benefit from riding in shorts with a high-quality chamois (pronounced "sha-mee"). The chamois is the padded crotch piece on biking shorts that can help reduce pressure points, prevent chafing and disperse road vibration. Chamois come in a variety of shapes, thicknesses and materials. From the road to the mountain biking, padded bike shorts help you feel more comfortable on your ride.

Best for Mountain Biking

Specialized Trail Short w/Liner ($120) 

  • VaporRize™ woven fabrics are durable, stretchy, and lightweight for peace of mind on the trail.
  • One zippered pocket and one hand pocket provide convenient, secure space to store your trail essentials.
  • Side waist adjustment tabs ensure that the fit of the shorts is easily customizable and dialed-in, even when your pockets are loaded.
  • Front fly and button closure.
  • Deflect™ UV 50+ protects your skin from harmful ultraviolet rays.
  • 13.5" inseam (size 34 waist) fall low around the knee for a roomy fit that leaves plenty of room for pads.
  • Removable liner with Mountain Body Geometry chamois is light and breathable, while the chamois effectively relieves pressure on the soft tissue and encourages proper blood flow.
  • Fabric Content: SHELL: 100% Polyester - LINER: 85% Polyester, 15% Spandex

Best for Road Cycling

Pearl Izumi Quest Shorts ($55)

  • Pedal to Zero™: Going by bike 14mi / 23km offsets the climate impact of this garment
  • Compressive Transfer fabric keeps you cool, dry, and comfortable
  • New Men's Levitate™ & Women's Levitate™ chamois pad provides saddle comfort and support
  • Short fabric and reflective trims are made from recycled materials
  • 1” plush elastic waistband
  • BioViz® reflective elements for low-light visibility
  • 9” inseam
  • Shipped rolled to reduce plastic packaging; wash to remove wrinkling

Prevent bike theft with a reliable BIKE LOCK

If you're commuting to campus or making a stop at the brewery following a ride, it is important to have a bike lock to prevent your bike from getting stolen. You've already made an investment in a bike, helmet, and an emotional investment... Don't forget about the investment in a good bike lock!

Highest Protection

Kryptonite Kryptolok 685 Folding Lock ($99.95)

  • 5 mm hardened steel links
  • Includes easy to install transport bracket
  • Includes 2 keys w/ key safe program
  • The Kryptonite Key Safe program allows you to get spare keys cut, should you loose the spare keys to your Kryptonite lock.
  • Antitheft protection offer: that reimburses registered customers for a specific monetary amount in the event their bicycle/motorcycle is stolen due to the opening or breaking of the lock by force (up  to $1750).
  • Lifetime warranty

Great for on Campus

Abus Tresor 6615C ($39.99)

  • 15 mm thick, overlapping steel shells protect the internal steel cable
  • Plastic coating to prevent damage to the bicycle’s paintwork
  • Two-component number reels ensure long-term readability of the digits
  • Special touch protection for increased security against unauthorized access to the code through manipulation of the mechanism
  • Dark-touch function facilitates use in the dark thanks to special imprinting
  • Individually configurable code
  • Innovative SCMU bracket makes mounting and transport a snap


Riding for miles through trails, on the road, or commuting to and from campus? Stay hydrated for any ride you go on. With a variety of water bottles, water bottle cages, and hydration packs, we have you covered when it comes to staying hydrated. 

Avoid blisters and protect your hands with GLOVES

Snag a pair of gloves to keep your hands comfortable and blister-free! Constant pressure, friction and vibration on palms and fingers while riding can lead to calluses and blisters. While on the trails, gloves will protect your hands from any stray twigs, or help prevent scrapes or cuts in the event of a fall.  We have some great fingerless, fingered, and fun options for gloves. Check out these great options!

Our Fingerless Favorite

Specialized BG Dual Gel Glove ($35)

  • Synthetic suede palm is made from a thin microfiber to combine durability with exceptional grip and comfort
  • Body Geometry Dual Gel padding uses two layers of gel that provide exceptional impact and vibration damping without compromising grip
  • Combination of breathable mesh at the upper and soft Lycra make for a durable and comfortable top of hand
  • Soft and absorbent Microwipe thumb brushes away sweat with ease
  • Contoured Velcro wrist closure offers easy adjustment and entry/exit from the gloves
  • Reflective elements increase your visibility to motorists in low-light conditions

Long-Finger Favorite

Specialized Trail D3O Glove ($40)

  • D3O protective foam is strategically sewn into Nylon fabric for added knuckle protection.
  • Silicone-printed fingers provide maximum handlebar and brake grip.
  • Ax Suede palm provides durability without sacrificing bar-feel.
  • Laser-perforated palm aids in breathability and ventilation for the hottest spots on your hands.
  • Brushed tricot thumb wipe for sweat.
  • Adjustable, debossed neoprene cuff closure makes for a snug fit around your wrist, keeping unwanted debris from sneaking into your gloves.
  • Compatible with conductive touchscreens.

Our Fun Option

HandUp Pabst Blue Ribbon Red, White, & Blue Swirl Dye ($29)

  • 50+ UPF Sun Protection
  • Made in collaboration with Pabst Blue Ribbon
  • Our all new FULLTOUCH Technology is seamless touchscreen capabilities woven throughout entire palm, so no more trying to touch your phone "just right" to get that trailside picture
  • 4-way stretch, lightweight mesh on the back of the hand
  • Stretch cuff to easily pull gloves on and off without fumbling for a Velcro strap 
  • Durable, single layer FULLTOUCH leather palm for maximum bike feel and no extra material bunching up
  • Laser cut ventilation holes on palm for breathability
  • Silicone printed graphics on the palms for extra grip so you'll never drop that frosty beverage or muddy handlebars
  • Towel sweat cloth on the thumb for wiping away your dirt-stache or foamy upper lip

Visit us in-store to see our available color and size options! 

Protect your eyes with SUNGLASSES

Not only do sunglasses protect your eyes from harmful UV rays, but they can serve as your windshield as you speed down the road on your road bike. While you're shredding the trails, they will protect your eyes from twigs, bugs, or dirt. These picks from Morgan and Adam have all of the safety perks AND the benefit of looking extra cool. Check out our website for more options for sunglasses. 

Adam's Pick

Smith Attack MAG MTB ($269)


  • ChromaPop™ lenses enhance contrast and natural color to make the details pop
  • Smudge and moisture resistant coating for easy cleaning and clear optics
  • Larger, maximum-coverage lens features ventilation channel for fog-free vision
  • 100% UV protection

Fit / Integration

  • Medium fit, large coverage
  • 7x4 toric lens curvature
  • Two-position adjustable nose pads


  • Lightweight, flexible and durable TR90 frame
  • Smith MAG™ lets you change lenses quickly
  • AutoLock hinges hold frames open for easy one-hand on and off

What's Included

  • Bonus ChromaPop Low Light Amber lens
  • Microfiber bag with spare lens sleeve
  • MAG performance case

Check out the specs and additional photos on the Smith website, then order them through VeloCity Cycles and receive free shipping! Just send us a message, call, or come by in person to order them.

Morgan's Pick

Smith Reverb ($219) 


  • ChromaPop™ lenses enhance contrast and natural color to make the details pop
  • Smudge and moisture resistant coating for easy cleaning and clear optics
  • 100% UV protection

Fit / Integration

  • Medium fit, medium coverage
  • 7x4 toric lens curvature
  • Megol temple and nose pads provide nonslip grip so glasses stay put
  • Two-position adjustable nose pads
  • AutoLock hinges hold frames open for easy one-hand on and off
  • Compatible with our optical docking system (ODS4) prescription lens insert


  • Lightweight, flexible and durable TR90 frame
  • PivLock™ interchangeable lens system makes lens changes easy

What's Included

  • Bonus ChromaPop Contrast Rose lens
  • Microfiber bag with internal sleeve
  • Performance case

Prepare for every ride with the perfect JERSEY

Whether you are cruising around town during the day, or heading to WAMBA's night ride, you have great lighting options at VeloCity Cycles. These options are great if you want cars to see you, or if you need to clearly see the path in front of you at night. 

For Road Cyclists

VeloCity Cycles Custom Jerseys

  • These VeloCity Cycles custom jerseys are made by Specialized, one of our favorite brands!
  • Long hours in the saddle put a ton of stress on your jerseys. But we think it's a misconception that you can't provide race-ready performance in a package that's built to take some abuse. And for this reason, Specialized created the SL Jersey.
  • For its construction, we used our venerable VaporRize™ knit fabrics that provide the optimal blend of moisture management and durability. Not only this, but the materials used have an incredibly soft hand against the skin for all-day comfort on the road.
  • Of course, you'll also find convenient features like three rear pockets and a full-length front zipper, but you'll also get our Slim Fit that makes the SL jersey feel painted on. This detail ensures that the jersey predictably follows all of your movements in the saddle, without leaving any material bunched or flapping in the wind.

For MTB Riders

VeloCity Cycles Custom MTB Jerseys

  • These VeloCity Cycles custom jerseys are made by Specialized, one of our favorite brands!
  • A quality jersey shouldn't set you back a quarter of your monthly rent. And with this in mind, we created the All Mountain jersey.
  • It's made from our high-end VaporRize™ fabric that's light, airy, breathable, and incredible at wicking sweat away from the body.
  • With the fabric dialed-in, we set about creating a fit that'll work for riders over the entire mountain-not too loose, not too tight-and we'd like to think that we nailed it. You'll find the roominess to be just right, and there's still plenty of room for light pads or body armor.
  • VaporRize™ fabric dries quickly and is breathable.
    Regular Mountain Bike Fit is generous and comfortable.
    Specialized donates all profits from Outride apparel directly to Outride.

See and be seen with HEADLIGHTS & TAILLIGHTS

Whether you are cruising around town during the day, or heading to WAMBA's night ride, you have great lighting options at VeloCity Cycles. These options are great if you want cars to see you, or if you need to clearly see the path in front of you at night. 

For Everyday Riding

Specialized Flash Pack: Taillight and headlight ($60)

 This combo kit includes the new Flash 300 headlight with our tried-and-true Flashback taillight. See where you are going, and be seen by motorists, all the while not breaking the bank. Whether you are an all-conditions commuter or a student riding across campus, the Flash Pack has got you covered. 

  • Single-LED headlight oval beam pattern gives a perfect blend of spot and peripheral visibility. Single-LED taillight for rear visibility.
  • 700 + 200mAh rechargeable Li-ion batteries charge in 2:00 hours each with included micro USB cables.
  • Headlight installs in seconds with a silicone strap system. Just pull the strap under the handlebar and drop it into the slot on the light body.
  • Includes two different-sized straps to fit every round handlebar cockpit. (Flash headlights are not suitable for aero handlebars.)
  • Extra bright side lights to give you 180-degree visibility to other cyclists and motorists.
  • O-ring mount (extra o-ring included) fits all round seatposts.
  • IPX7 waterproof means these lights will be there when you need them, even in the hardest rain.
  • White Steady High mode: 300 lumens for 1:30 hours
  • White Steady Medium mode: 150 lumens for 3:00 hours
  • White Steady Low mode: 75 lumens for 6:00 hours
  • White Flash mode: 150 lumens for 12:00 hours
  • Red Steady mode: 10 lumens for 2:00 hours
  • Red Power Flash mode: 20 lumens for 4:00 hours
  • Red Disco Flash mode: 14 lumens for 6:00 hours
  • Red Eco Flash mode: 5 lumens for 20:00 hours

For Night Riding

Headlight: Specialized Flux 1250 ($139.99)

Taillight: Specialized Flux 250R ($74.99)


  • Sculpted double beam pattern uses separate optics for wide and spot beams to put light where you need it and maximizes every lumen. The result is a beam pattern that torch-style lights can't touch.
  • Latest CREE XP-L High Intensity LEDs combines XM-L level of output in a tighter 3.5mm package for maximum lumens with better beam pattern control.
  • Quick-release bar mount works on 22.2, 25.4, and 31.8mm bars to put the light above, below, or in front the stem to clear cables and computer mounts.
  • Includes helmet mount and action camera style mount to give you every option to blow up the night.
  • Premium 3400mAh Li-ion internal battery is USB rechargeable via micro USB cable.
  • Depending on mode, up to an additional three hours of super-low output are available when listed runtimes expire. 
  • Steady High mode: 1250 lumens for 1:30 hours
  • Steady Medium mode: 600 lumens for 3:00 hours
  • Steady Low mode: 300 lumens for 6:00 hours
  • Press-and-hold to turn off, long press-and-hold to enter secondary modes.
  • Steady Flash mode: 300 + 300 lumens for 4:00 hours
  • Daytime Flash mode: 450 lumens for 20:00 hours
  • Very low mode: 120 lumens for 10:00 hours
  • Super low mode: 60 lumens for 20:00 hours
  • Extra-long press-and-hold to lockout light for travelling.
  • IPX7 waterproof means this light can survive being submerged 1 meter deep for 30 minutes. No, it's not meant for scuba diving. But is can handle anything you can throw at it on two wheels.


  • Hybrid spherical lens and Fresnel lens over three high-power LEDs to send lumens for mile, or kilometers.
  • Three CREE XBD 901 LEDs for maximum brightness and efficiency.
  • Massive 1000mAh battery recharges via included micro USB cable in 2:15 hours.
  • Overmolded bezel for excellent side visibility.
  • Designed to fit round and D-shaped seatposts.
  • Includes 3 different size EPDM o-rings to fit a wide variety of seatposts. 2 o-rings included per size for spares.
  • IPX7 waterproof means this light will be there when you need it, even in the hardest rain.
  • Steady High mode: 100 lumens for 3:00 hours
  • Steady Low mode: 25 lumens for 12:00 hours
  • Power Flash mode: 250 lumens for 8:00 hours

Grab the TOOLS & MATERIALS to do basic bike maintenance 

Preventative maintenance and keeping your bike in good condition not only helps your bike look great, but can save you a chunk of change in service over the lifespan of your bike. Check out these recommended products to keep your drivetrain, bike, and tires in excellent shape. 

Keep Your Chain in Good Shape

Muc-Off Bike Care Kit- Clean & Lube ($34.99)

Nano Tech Bike Cleaner

  • Safe on all parts and surfaces including carbon fibre
  • Will not harm seals, cables, brake pads or rotors
  • Safe on anodised metal
  • Alkaline based and free from CFCs, solvents or acids
  • Nano Tech Formula cleans on a molecular level
  • Biodegradable*

Bio Drivetrain Cleaner

  • Bio Formula easily cuts through tough grease 
  • Can be used on chains, gears, mechs and individual components 
  • Water Soluble formula for easy cleaning
  • Works on the tough waterproof grease and chain wax 

Dry Weather Lube

  • Ideal for MTB, Road & Cyclocross
  • Wax based formula excels in dry, dusty conditions
  • Added protection against contaminants
  • Provides smooth and quiet gear shifting
  • Can be applied to chain, cables, shifters and derailleurs
  • Pipette system for easy application

Claw Brush

Keep Your Bike Squeaky Clean

8-in-1 Bicycle Cleaning Kit ($79.99)

  • Nano Tech Bike Cleaner for quick and easy cleaning
  • Bike Spray for post-wash protection against rust & corrosion
  • Expanding Microcell Sponge
  • Soft Washing Brush
  • Detailing Brush
  • Claw Brush
  • Two Prong Brush
  • Complete with a handy storage / parts washer tub

Keep Your Tires Aired Up

Specialized Air Tool Sport Floor Pump ($50)

  • 2.0" (50mm) gauge has 0-160 PSI (0-11 bar) range and +/-3% accuracy.
  • SwitchHitter head automatically switches between Schrader and Presta valves.
  • Ergonomic wing handle.
  • Steel construction on base and barrel.
  • 42" (106cm) hose.
  • Replacement parts available for rebuild.
  • Volume-per-stroke: 326cc

Specialized Air Tool Comp V2 ($70)

  • Dual-scale 3" (76mm) oversized gauge has 0-30 PSI (2.2bar) zone for mountain tires, and 30-120 PSI (8.2bar) zone for road tires.
  • SwitchHitter II head automatically switches between Schrader and Presta valves.
  • Steel base and aluminum barrel construction.
  • Ergonomic wing handle is overmolded for comfort.
  • Includes spare rubber seal for head.
  • Max pressure: 120 PSI (8.3bar)
  • Volume-per-stroke: 365cc

Air Tool MTB Floor Pump ($90)

  • Oversized 3" (76mm) gauge has 0-40 PSI (0-2.7bar) range and +/-2% accuracy for maximum resolution when filling large tires.
  • Massive 508cc volume barrel pushes enough air to seat stubborn tubeless tires.
  • Ergonomic wing handle with pressure relief valve.
  • SwitchHitter II head automatically switches between Schrader and Presta valves.
  • Includes spare rubber seal for head.
  • Max pressure: 40 PSI (2.7bar)
  • Volume-per-stroke: 508cc